Professional Membership Criteria

a) Direct Entry
 
Professional Member applicants for direct entry will evidence:

  • Completion of a Graduate Certificate in Career Development or Vocational Graduate Certificate in Career Development, and
  • Competency in the Core Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners - this requirement is satisfied via a written statement by the applicant, describing how the core competencies are understood and/or applied. Download the competency statement template here.
  • That they are currently working in the career development profession.

b) Alternative Pathway Entry
 
Professional Member applicants for alternative pathway entry will evidence:

  • Completion of an Australian Qualification Framework graduate certificate qualification or higher in an academic discipline related to the field of career development.
  • That they are currently working in the career development profession, or in research directly relevant to career development, and have done so for at least two-years full-time or equivalent duration in the five-year period immediately preceding the application.
  • Competency in the Core Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners - this requirement is satisfied via a written statement by the applicant, describing how the core competencies are understood and/or applied. Download the competency statement template here.
  • Endorsement from two CDAA Professional, Fellow or Life members (or from two equivalent members in another CICA member organisation), of the professional experience of the applicant.

Recognition
Professional Members are entitled to use the post-nominal PCDAA following their name. Professional Members are also entitled to use a CDAA logo specifically identifying the member to the Professional category membership with CDAA.

Membership Period
Annual renewal date 1 March

Membership Fee
Subscription $360 (Pro rata to end of February)
Joining fee $95

How to Apply
Applications for Professional Membership may be made by completing and submitting the online application for direct or alternative pathway, as appropriate.

Already a CDAA Member? Apply to upgrade to Professional Membership by contacting CDAA National Office on (08) 7129 8142 or memberservices@cdaa.org.au.

Determination
The CDAA National Membership Committee considers and approves, declines or seeks further information with regard to Professional Membership applications.

Conditions of Membership Application:
Members of the CDAA agree to abide by the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners including Code of Ethics.

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